Samos in detail

Flights & getting there

Air

Samos’ airport is 4km west of Pythagorio. Aegean Airlines (https://en.aegeanair.com), Astra Airlines (www.astra-airlines.gr), Olympic Air (www.olympicair.com) and Sky Express (www.skyexpress.gr) all serve Samos and have offices at the airport.

Transport Options

Buses between Vathy and the airport run eight times daily, with reduced schedules during weekends. Taxis from the airport cost €25 to Vathy, or €10 to Pythagorio, from where there are local buses to Vathy.

Domestic Flights From Samos

DestinationTimeFrequency per week
Athens45min5
Chios35min4
Lesvos2hr1
Rhodes45min4
Thessaloniki55min5

Boat

Samos is home to three ports – Vathy (aka Samos), Pythagorio and Karlovasi. They provide connections to Athens and Kavala on the mainland as well as to other island groups. Karlovasi is convenient for Piraeus and Cycladic islands, while Vathy is best for Kavala and the northeastern Aegean Islands. Catamarans and regular boats out of Pythagorio are the most convenient option for the Dodecanese island group.

From Vathy, there are four boats a week to Piraeus (€41, 14 hours) via Ikaria (€10.50, three hours) and Fourni (€13.50, two hours) and two boats weekly to Kavala (€42, 18 hours), via Chios (€14, three hours), Lesvos (€19.50, seven hours) and Limnos (€31, 13 hours). On Fridays, Blue Star 1 departs for the Dodecanese islands Kos (€37, 3½ hours) and Rhodes (€39, 6½ hours).

From Karlovasi, five boats a week travel to Piraeus (€51, eight hours) via the Cycladic islands of Mykonos (€40.50, 3½ hours) and Syros (€43.50, 4½ hours).

Originating from Pythagorio, boats and catamarans call at smaller Dodecanese islands of Agathonisi (from €8.50, 1½ hours) and Arki (from €8.50, 2½ hours) on the way to Patmos (from €9.50, 3½ hours) and Leros (from €13, six hours). The Dodekanisos Pride fast boat runs twice a week to Rhodes (€59, seven hours) via Fourni (€20, one hour) and Ikaria's Agios Kirykos (€25, 1½ hours) via almost every Dodecanese island.

Tickets are available from By Ship Travel which runs offices in all three ports.